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Experience the extraordinary at the first ever Bristol New Music Weekend

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Press release issued: 10 February 2014

Bristol New Music, a weekend of the best new and experimental music on the international arts scene, will be hosted by the University of Bristol, Colston Hall, Arnolfini, Spike Island and St George’s Bristol from Friday 21 – Sunday 23 February.

More than 17 events (including six world premieres and three UK premieres) will take place over the weekend, showcasing everything from avant-garde, experimental jazz, dubstep and electronic music to sound installations and early folk.  

On Friday 21 February, bass clarinettist Gareth Davis will perform a solo concert of music by Elliot Sharp in the Victoria Rooms at 1.15pm. (Free admission)

Following the residency of Quatuor Bozzini, Canada’s leading new music string quartet, at the University of Bristol, new works by student composers will be performed by the quartet and the University of Bristol New Music Ensemble, in the Victoria Rooms on Sunday 23 February at 12pm.

Quatuor Bozzini will also play pieces by Claudia Molitor, John Cage and James Tenney in a concert on Saturday 22 February at 1pm in St George’s Bristol.

Other events include an electronic music and dubstep triple bill featuring Klavikon, Roly Porter and Addison Groove (21 February, 10pm Colston Hall);  US composer and inventor Ellen Fullman (22 February, 7.15pm Arnolfini) performing with her remarkable Long String Instrument – featuring dozens of tuned 50ft wires suspended across the top floor of Arnolfini, in collaboration with Konrad Sprenger; and Cologne-based contemporary supergroup Ensemble musikFabrik (23 February, 4pm Colston Hall) performing the UK premiere of Harry Partch’s And on the Seventh Day Petals Fell in Petaluma, complete with recreations of Partch’s incredible microtonal instruments seen here for the first time in the UK.

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